Price To Debut For Tigers, Faces Yanks

David Price will make his debut for the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.

David Price will make his Detroit Tigers debut in New York on Tuesday night.

David Price will make his Detroit Tigers debut against a familiar foe Tuesday, as the Motown side meets the New York Yankees in the second game of a four-game set in the Bronx, N.Y.

First pitch at Yankee Stadium is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.

20140804_AL_CentralDetroit (61-48, 31-21 road) shocked many by acquiring Price at the trade deadline last Thursday, adding another superstar to its already talent-rich starting rotation. Price joined Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer, giving the Tigers the three most recent winners of the American League Cy Young award.

Price (11-8, 3.11 ERA) will take to the mound in a Tigers uniform for the first time on Tuesday, facing a side he’s had a lot of success against since being called up by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008.

  • Price is 10-5 with a 3.66 ERA in 24 career games (23 starts) vs. the New York Yankees
  • Price is 6-2 with a 3.57 ERA in 12 career games (12 starts) at the new Yankee Stadium
  • Price is 1-1 with a 3.79 ERA in 3 games (3 starts) vs. the New York Yankees this season
  • Price is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in 1 game (1 start) at Yankee Stadium this season

The left-hander will hope this success carries over to his new club.

Detroit is hoping that Price brings success further down the road.

Right now the Tigers look comfortable in the AL Central, with a 4 1/2-game lead within the division. While the Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians are still in the race, neither club looks like it has enough to prevent the Tigers earning a fourth straight division championship.

Brad Ausmus and the Tigers’ brass are hoping Price gives the club success in the postseason and, eventually, a first World Series title since 1984.

20140804_AL_EastNew York (58-53, 26-26 home) will look to spoil Price’s debut and do itself a favor in the process.

Right now, the Yankees are five games back of the division-leading Baltimore Orioles and one game back of the Toronto Blue Jays and the second wild card berth. Joe Girardi’s side needs wins if it’s to secure a postseason berth.

Winning has become a theme for the Yankees of late. The club has won 11 of 17 since the All-Star break, including three straight. In Monday night’s series opener, the Yankees downed the Tigers 2-1.

The Yankees’ decimated starting lineup has received a boost from the arrival of Brandon McCarthy. His win on Monday marked his fourth in a row, while the Yankees have won each of his five starts.

With news that Michael Pineda could be just two rehab starts away from returning and Masahiro Tanaka beginning to play toss, the Yankees could be ready to improve at the right time.

On Tuesday, Hiroki Kuroda (7-7, 3.98 ERA) will take the mound. Kuroda, who has served as a makeshift lynchpin for the Yankees rotation for two seasons now, has struggled this season, but always gives the club a chance to win.

  • Kuroda is 0-1 with a 3.72 ERA in 3 career games (3 starts) vs. the Detroit Tigers
  • Kuroda is 22-12 with a 2.93 ERA in 44 career games (44 starts) at Yankee Stadium
  • Kuroda faces the Detroit Tigers for the first time this season on Tuesday
  • Kuroda is 4-3 with a 4.08 ERA in 11 games (11 starts) at Yankee Stadium this season

Can Kuroda produce a performance to be better the Tigers?

Hiroki Kuroda and the New York Yankees will look to continue a strong start to the second half.

Hiroki Kuroda and the New York Yankees will look to continue a strong start to the second half.

Detroit Tigers vs. New York Yankees odds for 08/05/2014

Detroit (-129) opened as the favorite over New York (+119) on the moneyline and has seen those odds shorten further.

The Yankees have won two straight against Detroit, as well as four of the last five.

Some other trends to consider:

  • Detroit is 38-28 in night games
  • New York is 35-39 in night games
  • Detroit is 11-9 vs. AL East opponents
  • New York is 10-9 vs. AL Central opponents
  • Detroit is 37-34 vs. right-handed pitching
  • New York is 15-16 vs. left-handed pitching
  • Detroit is 3-1 since August 1
  • New York is 3-1 since August 1
  • Detroit is 8-10 since the All-Star break
  • New York is 11-6 since the All-Star break

The total opened at 7 1/2.

The total has gone under in four of Detroit’s last five road games and six of New York’s last nine home games.

Monday’s series opener saw the total go under.

However, the total has gone over in 12 of the last 18 games the two clubs have played at Yankee Stadium, making the over well worth a look.

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Following Tuesday night’s game, the Tigers and Yankees will continue the series with games on Wednesday (7:05 p.m. ET) and Thursday (1:05 p.m. ET).

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